On its official Facebook page, the Constitution Party praised South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem for a speech she gave on why she has not issued a shelter-in-place or stay-at-home order for the residents of South Dakota. With the Coronavirus Pandemic ongoing, South Dakota is one of only eight states that has not yet issued such an order. Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming are the others.
In her speech, Noem argues, “New York City is not South Dakota. Our sense of personal responsibility, our resiliency and our already sparse population density put us in a great position to manage the spread of this virus without needing to resort to some of the measures that we’ve seen in some of these major cities, coastal cities and in other countries.”
Noem hails both the federal Constitution and the South Dakota Constitution as a shield against policies like the “draconian measures” of the Chinese government and the restriction of civil rights in European nations. She holds to the oath she took to uphold the Constitution and its limits on the size and scope of government.
Emphasizing personal responsibility, Noem proclaims, “The people themselves are primarily responsible for their safety. They are the ones that are entrusted with expansive freedoms. They’re free to exercise their rights to work, to worship, and to play. Or to even stay at home, or to conduct social distancing.”
In response to the speech, whoever controls the Constitution Party’s Facebook page, excitedly remarked: “Gov Noem gets it! She understands constitutional governing, the reasoning of the Founders in restricting the authority of a national government and allowing state and local governments decide how to manage the virus in their locality.”
Noem was elected Governor in 2018 after serving as South Dakota’s sole member in the House of Representatives since 2011.